Q & A

HUD Issues Report on Feasibility of National Evictions Database

January 14, 2022    

The 2021 Appropriations Act tasked HUD with studying the feasibility of creating a national evictions database. The database would collect information on three types of evictions: formal court-ordered evictions, extra-legal evictions (unlawful or self-evictions), and administrative evictions (...

PHA Didn't Consider Relevant Circumstances When Terminating Benefits

January 14, 2022    

Facts: An Illinois PHA terminated a resident’s housing assistance for violating a family obligation under the voucher program. The PHA tried to inspect her unit at two different times for an annual inspection. The resident wasn’t present for the two inspections, and...

PHA Can Terminate Resident’s Voucher for Guest’s Criminal Activity

January 14, 2022    

Facts: When a resident first leased her unit, she listed five people as members of the household.

House Passes $1.7 Trillion Build Back Better Act

December 14, 2021    

On Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act. The passed 220-213 and is now in the Senate for consideration. In a recent letter, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer told lawmakers to prepare for a busy remainder of the year. He has set a Christmas deadline...

OIG: More Eligible Families Could Benefit from Voucher Program

November 11, 2021    

The Housing Choice Voucher program, funded by HUD, allows eligible families to lease safe, decent, and affordable privately owned rental housing. The program is implemented through a combination of an annual contributions contract between HUD and each public housing agency (PHA), which...

Vaccination Rates and Risk Factors Among HUD-Assisted Families

November 11, 2021    

In an Oct. 27 webinar presented by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD announced the results of a Census Bureau Household Pulse survey that gathered data of COVID-19 vaccine status among persons living in public and assisted housing. The Household Pulse Survey is designed...

Build Back Better Bill Maintains Funding for Affordable Housing

November 11, 2021    

On Nov. 3, the House Rules Committee released amended text for the Build Back Better Act. The amended text includes $150 billion in funding for affordable housing and community development. If enacted, this bill would provide historic levels of funding for housing.

HUD Releases Agency Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

November 11, 2021    

Recently, more than 20 major federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and HUD came out with new climate adaptation plans. The plans started from an executive order from President Biden calling for a whole-of-government approach to addressing climate change. The...

HUD Extends NSPIRE Physical Inspection Pilot to 2023

October 14, 2021    

On Sept. 28, HUD published a Federal Register notice announcing the extension of the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols (NSPIRE) to April 30, 2023. The NSPIRE demonstration is a part of HUD's efforts to test the overhaul of 20-year-old...

August Treasury Data Show Increasing ERA Fund Distribution

October 14, 2021    

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released updated Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) spending data through Aug. 31. The data shows that state and local ERA programs have distributed more than 1.4 million payments to households, totaling more than $7.7 billion to support the housing stability...

Including All Applicant Screening Criteria in Tenant Selection Plans

September 15, 2021    

Q We share our rental criteria with applicants but haven't disclosed what the minimum credit score required is. Are we supposed to share this minimum credit score?

A Yes. If...

White House Releases Fact Sheet on Increasing Affordable Housing

September 15, 2021    

On Sept. 1, the White House released a fact sheet on the Biden administration’s efforts to increase the affordable housing supply. The plan is to create 100,000 additional affordable homes for homeowners and renters over the next three years, with an emphasis on the lower and middle...